Nash, Rangers rout Panthers

Associated PressApril 18, 2013 

— Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Derick Brassard and Nash both scored power-play goals, with help from Callahan in the first, and Mats Zuccarello found the net for the second straight game to give the playoff-hopeful Rangers their sixth win in nine games (6-2-1).

New York had a lackluster 4-2 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday that allowed Winnipeg to get even in points in the tight Eastern race. The Rangers (22-17-4) have five games left.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the second period for Florida (13-24-6).

NOTES

Chicago: Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery has a lower body injury and will not play against Nashville on Friday.

He did not participate in Wednesday's optional practice and missed practice Thursday. Coach Joel Quenneville told reporters he hopes to get Emery back on the ice on Friday but added he will not be available when the Blackhawks host the Predators.

It's not clear whether Corey Crawford (17-4-4) or Emery (16-1-0) will be the No. 1 goalie once the playoffs start. The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 70 points and both have played well, with Crawford's goals-against average at 1.92 and Emery's at 1.91.

With Emery sidelined, the Blackhawks recalled goalie Carter Hutton from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs on Thursday.

Los Angeles: Defenseman Matt Greene has been activated by the Kings after he was injured in the defending Stanley Cup champions' season opener.

The Kings moved Greene off injured reserve, adding another important veteran for their playoff push.

Greene injured his back in the Kings' opener Jan. 19 against Chicago. He missed 42 games with the injury, but returned to the ice for practice in recent weeks.

Minnesota: The Wild are moving their primary minor league team from Houston to Des Moines, Iowa.

Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka said the organization was unable to agree on terms of a new arena lease at the Toyota Center in Houston. The Aeros have been the Wild's top minor league club in the 30-team AHL since 2001.

New York Rangers: Center Brian Boyle missed New York's game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night because of a right leg injury and is expected to sit out at least two more critical contests in the drive to the playoffs.

Boyle, 28, has two goals and three assists in 38 games this season, his fourth with the Rangers.

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